Returning to the house, I find the violet-green swallow flock that had been present in the lower orchard earlier in the summer, had returned - they had completely disappeared for probably the last four weeks or so.
Must be the same flock, because there was also one barn swallow pair with them before -
Elsewhere on the property - rare daytime sighting, the sonoma county gray fox - cutting through the back orchard behind the house - mostly have seen these at night or early evening, when the light hasn't been good for a photograph.
BACK AT THE LAGUNA - Great egret on oak tree top next to the waterway.
Wasn't having much luck, until a flock of chestnut-backed chickadees came through, and with them were many other small birds - comfort in numbers.
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